Distress Color Combos

Hi everyone! Happy Friday!!

I have something a little different for you today. I’ve been playing with my Distress inks, some new, some old and came up with 12 color combinations for you to try. I’ve added in some holiday colors (#1 and #3) that look great together, also colors that blend well and some awesome gradients you can use for an ombre look.




One of my all time favorite color combination is #4. It uses some of the older classic colors of Distress. These colors blend really well when overlapped and look great together side by side. I like them for their warm tones.

I’ve created a quick card to show you how these colors look on paper using the Leaves Background stamp and a little water misting.


I’ve used the mini’s for my card but remember all the Distress products that are available including Paints, Markers, Stains, Sprays and full size ink pads. You can view my video below or on our YouTube channel.

If you’re interested in playing with some combinations, I’ve put together 3 downloadable sheets that you can save, printout and cut to 3×4 cards to use for a reference!

SSS Distress Recipes 1-4

SSS Distress Recipes 5-8

SSS Distress Recipes 9-12


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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a creative weekend!

  1. Thank you!! I’m new to the craft, and love all of the handy hints, tips and ideas yiu so generously share! Now I just need to build on my resource collection.

  2. These are beautiful combinations! I so wish that I knew how to color! Thanks for sharing this with us today.

  3. Super idea – thanks for the ideas and inspiration ! I love Distress inks and these combos really help when putting them together. Love your card !!!

  4. I so enjoyed watching this video. It’s a great way to learn! I’m going to save these colour schemes to refer back to again & again. Thank you so much for this video.

  5. What a welcome post! After attending Create2015, I can’t wait to test out these color combinations…thanks so much.

  6. Awesome job on your card and the color combo is something I needed since I have a hard time combining colors.

  7. Love the card – I think this leaf bkgd stamp could be my new favorite! Thank you for sharing your talents in developing the color recipes. They will be a big help.

  8. Thanks for these very helpful color combos. Your card is stunning, hopefully I will get an comparable result with my dilettantisch knowledge in coloring. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

  9. Would love to win your grab bag, hopefully including some of these lovely colors. My collection of stamping inks is very small. However, I could probably emulate some of these color recipes with my colored pencils…

  10. WOW! What beautifully blended colors. Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us what colors look great together. I love the inspiration!

  11. Thank you so much for this incredibly helpful post. Its so good to be pushed out of your comfort zone with colors. I really appreciate the time you took to do this.

  12. Beautiful card, love the background stamp, and I never would have thought those colours would looks as great together as they did. Thank you for showing me the colour combo and opening my eyes to new possibilities.

  13. OMG!!!!! Thank You so much for this precious gift…I have always a troubled time when I have to choose distress combination! This is really amazing for me!!!

  14. Wow! Thank you for the recipe cards. Your card is bright and beautiful. I love the color combo you used. :-)

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